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Rabbit And Bear Make A Wish by Tara Shannon

Serenely Beautiful And Soothing

Rabbit And Bear Make A Wish by Tara Shannon is the most beautiful and heartfelt book that will cause you to pause and reflect on what is most important in life.

The book has always been a dream of the author’s and arose from grief.

Rabbit questions the world, whilst Bear gives wise answers. Rabbit tackles the questions we have all asked. Bear reassures him that all will be well. “ ‘Who should I be?’ asked Rabbit. ‘Be yourself’ said Bear. ‘Only you know how to do that.’ “

We also see that the hardest thing that Bear has ever done is to say goodbye.

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The Memory Garden by Rachel Hore

Timeless Beauty

The Memory Garden by Rachel Hore is a delightful dual timeline novel set about 1914 and 2007 in Cornwall.

Both time periods are linked by a house and garden, and a love of painting. In present day there is a research project into the painters of Newlyn. In the past we meet some of these painters.

There is a search for an elusive painter as paintings are found with initials on them but the artist remains a mystery. As the search begins, so the past expands bit by bit as we see the parallels between the two time periods.

A house and garden have been forgotten in time, both need to release their secrets. The reader witnesses parts of the past that were buried and subsequently uncovered in the present. The artefacts hold secrets to the past events.

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The Age Of Misadventure by Judy Leigh

Never Too Old

The Age Of Misadventure by Judy Leigh is a really fun contemporary novel, delightfully composed that had me laughing out loud throughout – not one to read in public!

The novel is about family and female companionship. Normal but isolated lives are suddenly interrupted as an eighty eight year old accompanies her two fifty something nieces as they go on a trip to escape what is awaiting them at home, through no fault of their own.

Where there were three ladies whom life had individually squashed, together they find love and life and care. As they begin to try new things and enjoy life together, their love for each other shines through.

Letting go of our children and giving them wings to fly is hard, no matter how old they are. It is hard not to hold on and stifle them.

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Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult

Wow – So Powerful

Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult is a powerful contemporary novel opening in March 2020 and moving forwards as the world dealt with the COVID pandemic.

Jodi Picoult focuses in on a couple, who are a microcosm for the experiences of many. Living in New York City, a doctor finds all of his leave cancelled as he faces the COVID outbreak in the hospital. We witness his life of PPE, hard work, impossible situations and sadness.

In contrast we see his partner, an art expert, trapped in the beauty and tranquility of the Galapagos Islands. But paradise can soon become a prison when you are trapped there with no flights in or out. “When you’re stuck in heaven, it can feel like hell.” We see the kindness and compassion of a local community.

The hospital is in contrast to the islands. Here it is hell on earth as bodies pile up and COVID takes hold. The experiences traumatise both staff and the patients who do recover. Survivors search for answers, trying to make sense of experiences that cannot be explained.

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